Gary was born and raised in North Carolina. After a three year stint in Alaska in the late 80′s he settled in Portland and is happy to call Oregon home. Gary has worked in outdoor retail for over 25 years, and has been at the Mountain Shop since October 2012.  He simply loves life in the outdoors and loves to share his experience in helping others choose the right gear, especially if it means lightening your pack. Over the years he has enjoyed hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, and bicycling.  His greatest accomplishment in the mountains was a summit of Denali in 1997.

His current “passion” is long distance hiking, completing the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2014.  He is hoping to complete the Triple Crown in 2016, by hiking the Appalachian Trail.


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